Five years on and killer of Wisbech pensioner Una Crown remains free

Una Crown, who was found dead in her home in Wisbech. Picture: Submitted

Una Crown, who was found dead in her home in Wisbech. Picture: Submitted

Five years to the day since she was found brutally murdered, an 86-year-old woman’s killer is still at large.

A Police officer stands outside the home of Una Crown. Picture: Ian Burt A Police officer stands outside the home of Una Crown. Picture: Ian Burt

Retired postmistress Una Crown was found in her bungalow in Magazine Lane, Wisbech, on January 13, 2013. She had been repeatedly stabbed before her body was set on fire.

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A poster appealing for information about the killing. Picture: Ian Burt A poster appealing for information about the killing. Picture: Ian Burt

Police initially dismissed foul play, believing Mrs Crown had suffered an accident in her home. Detectives did not launch a murder investigation until four days after her body was found.

The house was not preserved as a crime scene so that a detailed forensic examination could be carried out, meaning potential evidence was lost.

One officer washed a blood-stained key under a tap, while Mrs Crown’s family were allowed into the house to clean up.

Mrs Crown’s family later said they were “lost for words” at the initial failures.

A number of arrests have been made since, but to date no-one has been charged.

Police say the inquiry remains live and anyone with information should call 101.

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